SULAIMANIYA, Iraq — A 27-year-old American who left Virginia to fight for the Islamic State was captured near the northern Iraqi city of Sinjar early Monday morning, according to Kurdish and American officials.
The American, identified as Mohammed Jamal Amin, was captured at a front-line position near Sinjar, which Kurdish forces retook from the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, in November, according to a senior official in the Kurdish fighting forces known as the pesh merga. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the news media.
The official said that Mr. Amin was a United States citizen from Virginia, the son of a Palestinian father and an Iraqi mother. He approached Kurdish positions and was shot at before being taken into custody, the official said, adding that Mr. Amin apparently surrendered.
A senior American military official confirmed that Mr. Amin had been captured.
The Associated Press attributed confirmation of Mr. Amin’s surrender to Maj. Gen. Feisal Helkani, a Kurdish pesh merga commander.
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